On April 9, 2008, Miranda Klassen gave birth to her son, Van, at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. But, what was expected to be the happiest day of her life was one of her toughest. The healthy 32-year-old experienced an extremely rare amniotic fluid embolism, which threatened her life and the life of her son.
Thanks to the quick action and expertise of the physicians, nurses and staff at Scripps Encinitas, both Miranda and Van survived and are healthy today.
In honor of the care they received, Miranda and her husband, Bryce, became members of Scripps President’s Council, Encinitas Hospital Chapter. Scripps President’s Council is a key donor club whose members make annual, unrestricted contributions of $1,000 or more.
“As Encinitas Hospital Chapter members, our gift will directly benefit Scripps Encinitas, helping to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, expand facilities and enhance the hospital’s ability to attract and retain top physicians,” says Miranda. “I’m thankful donors before me made unrestricted gifts to ensure that I had the best care. Bryce and I want to do the same for others.”
The Klassen’s commitment and dedication to quality health care goes beyond making a gift to Scripps Encinitas. Miranda now serves on the hospital’s community advisory board as chair of the community outreach committee. The experience also inspired Bryce to enter the nursing field. He is currently a technical partner in the progressive care unit at Scripps Encinitas while working toward his nursing certification.
For more information about how to become a member of Scripps President’s Council, Encinitas Hospital Chapter, please call 760-633-7722.
See the Klassen family reunite with the Scripps Encinitas clinical staff who saved Miranda and newborn Van.